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Grammys 2015: Ed Sheeran Performs 'Thinking Out Loud' with Questlove, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2015. 

The past year's favorite rust-headed troubadour brought the emotion during a performance of his spare, guitar-driven "Thinking Out Loud" at the Grammys, with a legendary backing band made up of Questlove on drums, Herbie Hancock on keys and John Mayer on lead guitar.

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The song, which reached a peak of No. 2 on the Hot 100, is a saccharine-sweet but forlorn ditty that Sheeran hit perfectly and brought the house to its feet. (Sheeran obviously found a space to calm down between his frazzled red carpet appearance astride Ryan Seacrest and this performance.)